Married to someone in the military? You already know that you should never throw away your moving boxes. You are going to need it. The typical military family moves every two or three years. And with all that travel, it helps that your work can pick up and go when and where you do.
Today’s increasingly digital world offers many opportunities. Flexible and remote jobs are on the rise. If you have the right skills, you can also earn a living. Here are six jobs, which typically pay well above minimum wage, and the online platforms where you can find them.
Freelance writing is one of the best jobs for military spouses because it can be done from anywhere and is flexible in terms of time. In other words, you can have a deadline, but it doesn’t matter whether you’re writing at 2 a.m. or during more traditional work hours. You don’t need a journalism degree — or even editorial experience. All of this work requires talent with words and a passion for a topic of interest, which could be anything, maybe parenting or finance.
There are many ways to find and land writing jobs online. If you have favorite publications that you read regularly, research the publisher of the publication and ask if they accept freelance contributions and what they pay. There are also dozens of online platforms that connect writers to work. And, if you have experience, you can sign up for even more lucrative editing jobs.
A few sites where you can find work: Contently and Skyword hire freelance writers to provide articles and blogs for business websites that focus on a variety of topics such as finance or medicine.
Cracked is a comedy site that pays freelancers to write funny but true plays. Sometimes it’s about history, science, little-known facts, movies, or everyday ironies. If you’re funny and have some obscure knowledge, it might be worth contacting Cracked’s editors, who pay $150-$250 per article. ProBlogger offers a job board with hundreds of opportunities. Freelancers must register to apply for jobs listed on the site, but registration is free.
If you have editing abilities, there are two sites that can offer high-paying opportunities.
Reedsy is a site for self-published authors to find publishers, designers and booksellers. Freelancers must have significant experience to register. However, once accepted, they set their own rates and terms and only pay 10% of their fees for Reedsy’s marketing and fundraising assistance.
ServiceScape uses freelancers to edit everything from academic papers to resumes. Freelancers set their own rates, but pay 50% to the platform. While these fees are high, so are freelancers’ rates. And the high rates don’t seem to deter potential customers.
Rigorous and organized? You may be able to earn a good living as a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants manage client schedules and emails, update websites and social media accounts, and more.
They generally earn between $15 and $25 per hour. But those who handle more skilled services — such as website and social media updates — can earn significantly more.
Sites that can help you find work as a virtual assistant include Robert Half, Boldly, Belay, and Fiverr.
Online translators are in greater demand than ever due to globalization. No specific credentials are required other than being fluent in another requested language.
Depending on your skills, you can translate books, lectures, legal documents, brochures, videos, conversations, websites, blog posts, or other written materials. Two good sites to find this job are SmartCat and ProZ.
Transcription is a good job for military spouses who have a good ear, fast and accurate typing skills, and a good command of the English language. Generally speaking, you can work on your own schedule and from home. And few companies need prior experience to get started.
That said, most transcription jobs pay per audio minute. And each minute of audio can take up to 10 minutes to transcribe, depending on the clarity of the tape and the number of people speaking. Good sites to find transcription work are Rev, GMR Transcription and Transcription Outsourcing.
Provide technical assistance
From designing and updating websites to helping with user experience and coding, people with technical skills have an almost limitless number of job options. Few of these jobs require college degrees or in-person attendance. And most of them pay generously.
If you want to build simple websites, Fiverr is a good choice for finding clients. It attracts millions of customers and you design and price your own service packages.
However, if you want to offer more sophisticated services, you can register with FreeUp, TopTal or Braintrust. All three sites connect tech experts with high-paying opportunities.
Kathy Kristof is the managing editor of SideHusl.com, an independent website that reviews money-making opportunities in the gig economy.